DeKalb school system has $30.9 million surplus

Superintendent Michael Thurmond and the DeKalb County School District Board of Education announced an increased budget surplus of $30.9 million at the Sept. 8 board meeting. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

A year and a half ago, the DeKalb County Board of Education took their seats in the boardroom on Mountain Industrial Boulevard and stared down the barrel of a $21.4 million deficit. At the Sept. 8 board meeting, however, Chief Financial Officer Michael Bell announced the district now has a $30.9 million surplus, up $10.9 […]

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EDITORIAL: Big changes for county schools but confusion abounds


There are a lot of changes coming to DeKalb County schools in the near future—McNair High School’s conversion to a college and career academy; the proposed charter district and a new board is coming in. But despite countless meetings, community input sessions and even campaign promises, the school district’s plans remain obfuscated. How can this […]

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Ellis trial underway


Power. Punishment. Perjury. That’s what the corruption trial of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis is about, Lawanda Hodges, a deputy chief assistant district attorney, told the jury Sept. 16, during her opening argument. “Power: the evidence will show you that [Ellis] used his power to get people, be it an employee or vendor, to […]

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GBI investigating missing Lithonia police military weapon

AR 15 weapon

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is looking into how an AR-15 weapon is missing from the Lithonia Police Department’s inventory. Lithonia Police Chief Eddie Moody, who took over as chief in December 2012, said in an exclusive interview that when he and his staff did their auditing and accounting, one of the two AR-15 weapons […]

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Upholstery company furnishes homes, businesses—and jobs

Partners Chean Chea and Miguel Moreno have built a business that draws customers from neighboring states and other countries. Photo by Kathy Mitchell

Miguel Moreno was introduced to the furniture and upholstery business through a technical training program while he was in high school in El Paso, Texas. “I loved it from day one,” he said. Moreno was so excited about becoming an upholsterer that with help from his family as a teen he bought a $1,000 sewing […]

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Natural wonders dominate in Cherokee, N.C.

Oconaluftee Island Park is a popular spot in downtown Cherokee, N.C., that attracts those who like to picnic, fish and wade in the water. Photo by Gale Horton Gay

  Those with a curiosity or passion for gaming need go no further than Cherokee, N.C., to see how they will fare with Lady Luck. Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort offers more than 170 live table games such as blackjack, craps, let it ride, roulette and more as well as 3,700 slot machines. And it has […]

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Ex-commissioner, aide still face ethics complaints


The ethics complaints against former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer and her chief of staff Robert Lundsten will proceed over the objections of their attorneys. The county’s ethics board voted Sept. 15 to deny motions to dismiss the complaints filed by attorneys for Boyer and Lundsten. Filed on April 2, the complaint states that Boyer […]

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An Engagement Story


  Shaye is a two-time cancer survivor who said that so much of her life was focused on her health that she “never imagined true love existed.” The young woman had dated and been engaged, however, “nothing ever felt right before.”Thinking she would always be single, Shaye directed her time and energies to friends, family, […]

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